South Australia has always had a policy of leasing gravesites. Originally they were for 99 years, later some cemeteries reduced the tenure to 50 years and shortly after it went down to 25 years.
It would seem that South Australia is unique, in this country, of re-using gravesites if the lease has expired. The process goes by the name of “lifting and deepening” and was described, in Parliament, by the Hon Dr Bob Fisher, Independent Member for Fisher in the following way:
Many people are totally unaware of this situation and are horrified to discover that the final resting place of their loved ones has been destroyed, and desecrated, without their knowledge.
The purpose of this blog is to educate the public, widely publicise those Graves known to be immediately under threat and to do everything possible to change the law. It seems not too much to expect that when our loved ones are laid to “Rest In Peace” these are not simply idle and meaningless words especially in this wide brown land of Australia.
This blog is an offshoot of “Seeking Susan ~ Meeting Marie ~ Finding Family” and the views expressed herein are entirely my own and not those of any other individual, nor am I speaking on behalf of any group of which I am a member.
So welcome and I look forward to you sharing this journey with me and all questions, thoughts and ideas are most welcome. As these are very sensitive issues full of emotion, and this is a public forum, I ask you to please respect others and do not share here any sensitive information likely to cause distress or harm.
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